Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning

May 2015 | 120pp

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Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning

Edited by Mary Mallery

This book will provide readers with the step-by-step process of creating a library technology disaster response and recovery plan.

It includes sample checklists and templates, tools and solutions for promoting collaborative services to enable digital library continuity as well as case studies and lessons learned from successful efforts in recovering from a library technology disaster. Editor Mary Mallery has gathered a number of library technology experts, including Liz Bishoff and Marshall Breeding, who have firsthand experience in planning and recovering from disasters. You will get advice on such topics as:

  • 7 key steps in risk assessment for digital collections
  • How to use the time-saving dPlan- the Online Disaster Planning Tool for Cultural and Civic Institutions
  • Designing fault-tolerant systems in a cloud computing environment
  • 7 key components of a communications plan
  • Evaluating free web and social media applications as communication tools during disasters.
  • 7 lessons the University of Iowa took from its 2008 flood
  • How cultural institutions in New York and New Jersey responded to Hurricane Sandy.

Readership: This book will be of great interest to electronic resources librarians, digital collections librarians, data management librarians, emerging technology librarians, and library administrators, but it will also be of interest to library students and any librarian who wants to transition into these new library careers.


1. What could go wrong? Libraries, technology, and Murphy’s Law - Mary Mallery
2. Inventory and risk assessment for digital collections - Liz Bishoff and Thomas F R Clareson
3. Disaster planning and risk management with dPlan - Donia Conn
4. Disaster communication: planning and executing a response - Denise O’Shea
5. Future trends: cloud computing and disaster mitigation - Marshall Breeding


6. The University of Iowa and the flood of 2008: a case study - Paul A Soderdahl
7. Digital disaster recovery and resources in the wake
of Superstorm Sandy: a case study - Thomas F R Clareson


A. Disaster communication planning template
B. Example of a basic disaster communication plan for a public library

"This guide makes a compelling argument for the value of technology disaster planning and supplies guidance on how to get started."
- Library Journal

Mary Mallery is the associate dean for technical services at Montclair State University Library. She has published articles and presented on library technology-related topics extensively. She is the book review editor for the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship and a regular contributor to the Web Review column of Technical Services Quarterly. She teaches classes in database design and management as well as metadata sources for library professionals at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information as a part-time lecturer.

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